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Maple Leaf’s Blue Saucer up for sale

November 26th, 2014 by Mike

In an email this week to supporters, Blue Saucer owner Billie Bryan said:

“I just wanted to let you know that I’ve decided to list the Blue Saucer for sale on the Real Estate market, as of last weekend, and I’m excited about it!”

We have flyers in the shop for potential buyers, and look forward to the possibilities of finding a great new Owner. It’s time for me to move on to do other things – I have so many side projects and other interests these days that it’s hard to stay focused on the daily biz of running the coffee shop, so rather than let it slide, I’ll let it go!

Since it’s only just been listed, I’m imagining it will or could be a few months before we see any action, so meanwhile it’s business as usual – we’re still offering the same great variety of pastries and sandwiches (with a few new things thrown in there!) and we’re still using the awesome Seven Roasters for our delicious coffee.

The listing is here.

The Saucer will be open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving, according to its Facebook page.

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Maple Leaf Park’s holiday tree

November 25th, 2014 by Mike

Who decorated it?

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And now a dog lost from N.E. 96th St.

November 23rd, 2014 by Mike

Update Nov. 24:

Josh emails overnight:

I am wondering if you could post to the maple leaf blog. At 2p.m. today, 11/22, my black 12 lbs dog, wearing a purple fleece, ran off, he is very timid. He was lost from Northeast 96th Street and 12th Avenue Northeast. .

He looks like a miniature lab.

See attached photo.

His name is Ari.

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Rhode Island Red lost near N.E. 97th St.

November 22nd, 2014 by Mike

Maureen emails:

“Could you please post that we have a lost chicken? It’s a Rhode Island Red hen–reddish brown. Lost 11/21/14  near Northeast 97th Street and Fifth Avenue Northeast.

“We have a 6-ft high fence so it’s possible she was taken by a raptor but we are hoping for the best. Thanks for posting.”

The chicken’s name is Poppy.

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Local drive-by shooting was not road rage?

November 19th, 2014 by Mike

The trial of a man accused of a 2012 drive-by shooting at 15th Avenue Northeast and Northeast 75th Street has begun.

Police and prosecutors initially referred to the killing of Yancy Noll as a road rage event. But a new theory that accused shooter Thomasdinh “Dinh” Bowman may have wanted to be a hit man was introduced by prosecutors, according to our news partner The Seattle Times.

Senior Deputy Prosecutors Kristin Richardson and Adrienne McCoy also said in their trial brief, filed earlier this month, that Bowman fantasized about being an assassin and stored hundreds of books, articles, manuals and videos on his computer “dealing with how to be an assassin, how to commit murder, ‘snuff’ films, autopsies, methods of committing crimes, marksmanship, gunsmithing, forensic investigation, homicide investigation, and interrogation.

The Times post is here. KIRO is tweeting here.

The defense attorney is John Henry Browne.

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Seattle Sketcher visits Reckless Video

November 19th, 2014 by Mike

Seattle Times artist Gabriel Campanario drew Reckless Video this month.

Sadly, there are no comments on the post by Campanario, the “Seattle Sketcher.”

Go make some!

(Mike Kelley’s in there, too.)

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Stage 2 burn ban now in effect until morning

November 19th, 2014 by Mike

A Stage 2 burn ban – no burning in fireplaces or wood stoves unless you have no other source of heat – went into effect here at noon today and will last until 6 a.m.

Due to a days-long inversion we currently have some of the worst air quality in the country. Cliff Mass wrote about it here.

Rain beginning later today is expected to scrub the atmosphere.

According to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency:

• No burning is allowed in any wood-burning fireplaces, certified or uncertified wood stoves or fireplace inserts. Residents should rely instead on their home’s other, cleaner source of heat (such as their furnace or electric baseboard heaters) for a few days until air quality improves, the public health risk diminishes and the ban is cancelled.

• The only exception is if the homeowner has a previously approved ‘No Other Adequate Source of Heat’ designation from the Clean Air Agency

• No outdoor fires are allowed. This includes recreational fires such as bonfires, campfires and the use of fire pits and chimineas.

• Burn ban violations are subject to a $1,000 penalty.

It is OK to use natural gas and propane stoves or inserts during a Stage 2 burn ban.

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Speaking of stolen or prowled cars….

November 15th, 2014 by Mike

Two, no, three things since the prowled car news earlier this month.

Subaru owners beware!

“If you drive a Honda Accord, Honda Civic or Subaru Legacy—or a car that was made before 2002—there is a greater chance that auto thieves may target your car,” according to a somewhat confusing release this week from the Seattle Police Department.

There were 525 reported auto thefts in Seattle during the month of October and a total of 4715 through the end of October. That’s a 38 percent increase from last year during the same time period.

According to our crime data, 77 percent of cars stolen in Seattle are model year 2001 or older. The top three cars stolen in Seattle year to date are Honda Accord, Honda Civic and Subaru Legacy.

If your car was made in 2001 or older – or you drive an Accord, Civic or Legacy – please consider purchasing a steering wheel lock anti-theft device at a reduced price from the Seattle Neighborhood Group. Follow this link for details.

Second, after another embarrassing incident, police  say they will  find a way to track stolen devices, according to our news partner The Seattle Times.

“On Friday, Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole announced creation of a position to help patrol officers track down stolen phones and other GPS-enabled electronic devices.”

And this morning police announced they caught thieves leaving a stolen car in the Haller Lake neighborhood (North Northgate Way and Aurora Avenue North).

Seattle police captured two suspects hiding in a cemetery after the suspects jumped from a moving, stolen car late Friday night.

Officers, while on an Anti-Violence Emphasis patrol, were keeping their eyes open for a stolen SUV believed to be connected with a number of recent incidents throughout North Seattle.

The officers spotted the stolen vehicle, now sporting stolen license plates, at Aurora Ave North and North Northgate Way around 11 p.m. Meanwhile the suspects, realizing they had been spotted, drove a short distance before jumping out of the moving SUV….

The officers were able to stop the run-away car before they gave chase to the two suspect who ran into a cemetery. Additional officers streamed into the area and quickly surrounded the cemetery, forcing the suspects to hide.

Overhead the King County Sheriffs Guardian-1 helicopter helped vector officers to the hiding suspects and both were arrested.

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What if Northgate Mall was really Downtown North?

November 13th, 2014 by Mike

Earlier this month The Urbanist, noting the Northgate light rail station will likely transform the Northgate neighborhood, suggested this:

Northgate Mall (owned by Simons Property Group) has a particular opportunity to redevelop as a regional employment center and neighborhood core for the greater Northgate community.

The blog posted 10 Ways Northgate Mall Could Become ‘Downtown Northgate.’
Here are two we particularly like:

5. Build a public square.

Creating a civic space space like a large neighborhood park or square goes a long way to anchoring Northgate Mall as the neighborhood’s center.

7. Don’t forget the groceries.

Unlike some of the hotter real-estate markets in Seattle, the greater Northgate area has very few grocery shopping options within walking distance.

Read the whole thing here.

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Burglary reported on 12th Ave. N.E.

November 13th, 2014 by Mike

Lynda emails to report a burglary Wednesday – a stolen laptop in the 8900 block of  12th Avenue Northeast.

The police crime map doesn’t list that burglary yet,  but it does show four others in Maple Leaf since Halloween.

For those wondering, here’s how we stack up against other city neighborhoods in burglary occurrence. The darker the shade, the more crimes per square mile. (Statistics are from 2012.)

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A second lost dog, this time on N.E. 91st St.

November 12th, 2014 by Mike

Update 11/13

Ross emails:

Thank you so much for posting this. I have received several notes of support and sightings from the night of the event. Luckily our dog was found by the contractor waiting on the porch of the project the next day. We are all very pleased. If there is ever a neighborhood for a dog to get lost in, I think Maple Leaf might be the best.

Ross emails Sunday night: :

Hi. I am currently working on a project in lovely Maple Leaf. While at the construction site today my dog escaped and I have been unable to locate her (approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 11th).

She is a lean (American Labrador) black dog. She has a green collar with squirrels on it. Most recently seen between Fifth Avenue Northeast and Roosevelt Way Northeast on Northeast 91st. Street.

She is microchipped but was not wearing her tags at the time. If anyone finds her please contact me or call me at the information below.

Ross Parker

Parker Electric


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Followed by a lost dog Monday

November 11th, 2014 by Mike

John emails:

Monday November 10th at about 11:30 a.m. I found a small grey terrier – very friendly -but no collar or dog tag. On the corner of Northeast 83rd Street and Eighth Avenue Northeast.


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In which two “found cats” are reported

November 10th, 2014 by Mike

Two emails over the weekend:

Friends of Campus Cats has scooped up a friendly cat who seems too hungry and eager for company to be a roving pet. Adult female, grey domestic shorthair w/white paws.

She has been hanging around Northeast Eighth Street and 100th Avenue Northeast for at least a month, risking life and limb in the street.  She is microchipped, but the number is untraceable.  Please leave a message at 206-442-2051 if you think she is your cat or if you have any tips for us.

And Laurel emails:

This beautiful but timid kitty has been hanging out in the parking lot of Northeast 91st Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast.  Was obviously once loved and cared for (nice coat, well groomed).  I tried to get “her” into a cat carrier to take to the local vet to see if she was chipped, but failed.

PLEASE spread the word…this is not a breed that can survive outdoors!

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Need to Buy Some Holiday Gifts? Go Buy the Book!

November 8th, 2014 by Mike

This post courtesy of our sister site My Wallingford.

Next Saturday, November 15, at North Seattle College, the Friends of the Seattle Public Library is hosting a holiday book sale.

The sale will take place in the cafeteria at North Seattle College, 9600 College Way N. . You can enter from the west side of the campus into the first floor entrance of the College Center Building, underneath the large concrete staircase visible from College Way between Northeast 95th and 97th streets.

You can find gift-quality books for all ages, old or rare books and tons of new DVD’s! Prices start at $3!

Due to the fire code, capacity in the cafeteria will be limited and there may be a line to enter the building.

This sale is free and open to the public with no registration required.

For more information, call the Friends of The Seattle Public Library at 206-682-7567, email or visit www.friendsofspl.or

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Ready for next year’s very local City Council election?

November 5th, 2014 by Mike

Update 11/08: Crosscut has a discussion of district politics here.

Now that the 2014 elections are over….

It’s time to think of the 2015 Seattle City Council election. Which is to say, something completely different from previous years.

For 2015, we’re electing our City Council by district (ward). Only two of the nine council members will run at large (citywide).

Most of Maple Leaf is in Council District 5, with a small piece (roughly south of a line drawn through the middle of Maple Leaf Reservoir Park) in Council District 4.

None of the current council members live in District 5. So far a former Methodist pastor, Sanford “Sandy” Brown, has announced his candidacy, as has Halei Watkins, a Planned Parenthood political organizer, according to our news partner The Seattle Times.

The Stranger has recent interviews with Watkins and Brown.

Brown, 56, lives in Licton Springs. Watkins, 26, lives in Northgate.

Sanford’s web site is here. Watkins’ is here.

As for Council District 4, incumbent Jean Godden, 83, says she’s running again, according to The Times. She’s been joined by Michael Maddux, 33. And today an email arrived saying Taso G. Lagos, “a member of one of our North End’s most beloved families,” will announce next week.

As for the two citywide positions, incumbent Tim Burgess has declared he’ll run for District 8 and incumbent Sally Clark for District 9.

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